Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

The secret lives of paintings

Art history is far from set in stone. Engineer Maurizio Seracini spent 30 years searching for Leonardo da Vinci’s lost fresco “The Battle of Anghiari,” and in the process discovered that many paintings have layers of history hidden underneath. Should they be part of the viewing experience too?
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My Favorite Pie is Chocolate Heaven

A classic Chocolate Pie made with a buttery, flaky crust, real chocolate pudding, and fresh whipped cream. This recipe is entirely homemade and takes only 30 minutes to prep before you chill.
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Walking Meditation

Having a walking habit is a great way to stay physically active. Turn an ordinary walk into a walking meditation by paying attention to your senses.
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5-minute meditation: Van Gogh’s Wheatfield, with Cypresses | National Gallery

A five-minute slow-looking meditation exercise to enjoy the details of Van Gogh’s ‘Wheatfield, with Cypresses’.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

AARP & Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Roundtable on the Solutions to Support Family Caregivers’ Growing Needs, Monday, May 20, 2024, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Virginia Hospital Center

AARP will host a roundtable discussion with CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to highlight recent steps CMS has taken to recognize and support family caregivers, including a new CMS regulation that will allow Medicare to pay doctors, nurse practitioners, and other health care providers solely to train family caregivers.
To RSVP, please register for the event here.

Common Ground Virginia History Book Group – Not in My Backyard by Brian Balogh – Tuesday, May 21: 6:00pm – 7:30pm – Virtual – Zoom

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture.
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Senior Services of Alexandria’s Health and Fitness Fair – Thursday, May 23 at 10 am at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria

The Successful Aging Committee is sponsoring the annual Senior Health & Fitness Fair on Thursday, May 23 from 10am-noon. This year’s fair will be a fun and interactive program featuring a presentation by the Inova Community Health Team, blood pressure and glaucoma screenings, a healthy cooking demonstration by the chef from The View Alexandria, chair yoga, and exercise with RPCA’s Rodney! The event will be held at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria. Light refreshments will be provided and the event is free, but please register by emailing events@seniorservicesalex.org or call 703-836-4414, ext. 110.

Senior Law Day – Saturday, June 8

Save the date for the 12th annual Senior Law Day on Saturday, June 8 from 8:30am-12:30pm. The theme will be “Protecting Ourselves as We Age: Essential Personal and Financial Strategies”. Join SSA and the Alexandria Bar Association for this free and informative seminar to make sure you are protected from scams and learn about strategies for aging well in Alexandria. The free event will be held at the First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street in Alexandria. Please register by mailing events@seniorservicesalex.org or call 703-836-4414, ext.110.

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